- May 17, 2013
Hi all, I wasn't sure how many Aussies were on this forum but I have been reading it for years because of my dental phobia I developed as a child. I got my wisdoms removed under General Anesthesia this week... My experience is in the public health system which I think is similar to NHS? Basically I had to wait early mornings for an appointment at the dental clinic and then got referred to a specialist and then another specialist before being put on a waiting list. Because I hadn't seen a dentist in years I needed some other dental work done which they agreed to do at the same time. I was scheduled to go in for surgery at 7am and confirmed this the day before only to be told about an hour after confirmation that I was bumped to 9am. That sucked but it happens. my next drama was meeting an anesthetist assistant who told me to suck it up that I was getting IV induction after requesting gas. I fought this hard til the time I went into surgery and only 2hrs before I went in for the op they confirmed I was getting gas. show up to the hospital and have to wait 3hrs while my nerves were going mental. They let my fiancé stay with me and hold myhand while I was knocked out due to a previous bad hospital experience. They also had it written down that he would accompany me in recovery so I'd never be without a support person. And while he did stay while I was put to sleep, they refused to allow him in recovery and I was so scared and panicked being alone with the meanest nurse. She poked me awake, moved me around before I was ready, tried to force feed me through a straw and then yell when I coudnt eat a sandwhich after wizzie removal. She was rude and downright mean when I requested my fiancé, I was so scared and she was cruel. Finally she agreed to let me go if I was so desperate to see him and she yanked me up and then pushed me down the hall while I was telling her I felt really ill. She yelled at me that I couldn't vomit because I had refused my sandwhich (While my mouth was numb and I was full of blood and stitches) I begged her to let me sit I was so dizzy and I attempted to sit down when she yanked me so hard I am bruised with a dislocated shoulder. I immediately turned and promptly puked all over her, blood and the sprite she forced down my throat. She threw me to the ground where another nurse helped me to a chair and then the woman dragged me to the waiting room where I ran/stumbled and screamed as much as I could for my fiancé. He half carried me to the car and we left. They didn't bother to ice me at the hospital so I swelled and bruised so badly, it is day 5 after the op and I can barely eat, I am so swollen, in so much pain I want to die. This is the public health system in Australia but being a student I couldn't afford the $5000+ to get it done privately. My friend got it done privately and he was treated like a king- given jelly and icecream and iced right away and taken care of so well. He was fine the next day. So I am currently living in my own personal hell and will never ever ever go back there where I was treated so horribly. Don't be afraid, just be aware and make sure your wishes are well known. Yes I will be complaining to every possible place about my mistreatment so hopefully this doesn't happen again.